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Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Emilio Sagi (stage director), Gianluigi Gelmetti (conductor) — With Juan Diego Flórez (Count Almaviva), María Bayo (Rosina)...

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Cast

Emilio Sagi — Stage director

Llorenç Corbella — Stage design

Renata Schussheim — Costumes

Eduardo Bravo — Lighting

Juan Diego Flórez — Count Almaviva

Bruno Praticò — Bartolo

María Bayo — Rosina

Pietro Spagnoli — Figaro

Ruggero Raimondi — Don Basilio

Marco Moncloa — Fiorello

Susana Cordón — Berta

Enrique Sánchez Ramos — An officer

Antonio Ortega — Ambrogio

José Antonio Sanguino — A notary

Patricia Barton — Fortepianist

John Paul Friedhoff — Cellist

Program notes

Emilio Sagi's delightful version of the legendary Barber of Seville.

At dawn Lindoro and a band of street musicians are serenading the window of Rosina. Figaro, the Barber of Seville arrives and recognizes his former master in disguise: Count Almaviva. Almaviva fell in love with Rosina and explains he wants to seduce her with his qualities and not with his money. The cunning Figaro is here to help Count Almaviva get inside the doctor's house who keeps Rosina locked in, in order to marry her.

This rendition of one of the most successful operas of all times is enriched by a bright distribution which distinguishes itself for its musicality as much as for its dramatic expression. The Spanish soprano Maria Bayo returns to one of her signature role as Rosina, opposite Juan Diego Florez, the Rossini expert tenor. The title role is embodied by the lively and tasteful Italian baritone Pietro Spagnoli, while Ruggero Raimondi and Bruno Pratico reconcile the audience with the unpleasant couple Don Basilio and Don Bartolo.

Photo: Javier del Real.

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